Angela Rayner’s boyfriend Sam Tarry ousted by Labor MPs in humiliating vote | Politics | News

Angela Rayner’s boyfriend Sam Tarry has lost his bid to stand as a Labor MP at the next election.

Tarry lost one vote to stand as a candidate for Ilford South, having served as the constituency’s MP since 2019.

He humiliatingly became the first Labor politician to be voted out by their local members in over a decade.

He said last night: “I am incredibly disappointed with this result, mostly for all my committed volunteers and the wonderful people of Ilford South.

“I intend to issue a further statement tomorrow on the process and outcome.”

He lost his battle to remain the Ilford South candidate at the next election despite being endorsed by heavy names including former leader Ed Miliband.

Instead, local members voted to be represented by Jas Athwal, the current leader of Redbridge Borough Council, at the ballot box.

Sir. Athwal beat Mr Tarry by 499 to 361 in a vote of local members.

The winning Labor representative had been backed by frontbencher West Streeting in his bid to become the Labor candidate.

Describing the support from members as a “real honour”, Mr Athwal appeared to take a swipe at Mr Tarry for being the area’s MP without a local connection.

He said: “Ilford is my home, it’s where I live, went to school and where my children all went to school. It’s the only place I would ever want to represent.

“Today it means that Ilford can focus on the future and ensure that Westminster delivers for Ilford, that Ilford gets the investment it needs and deserves.”

Sir. Tarry’s opt-out comes just months after he was also sacked as Labor leader by Sir Keir Starmer.

The MP defied orders not to join railway workers on the track lines. He was removed from his job as shadow transport minister after he took part in a strike outside Euston station and gave an unauthorized media interview in which he renounced politics.

While last night’s vote means Mr Tarry cannot be a candidate for Ilford South, it does not prevent him from being a candidate for another constituency.

It is believed he will now look to find another area to represent at the next election.

Tarry is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group of left-wing Labor MPs and was seen as an ally of Jeremy Corbyn.

His expulsion is seen by many members as further evidence that Sir Keir Starmer has taken control of the party.

It is relatively rare for a sitting Member of Parliament to be voted out by their local members. The last time a Labor politician was impeached was in 2010.

Tarry will continue to be Ilford South MP until the next general election.

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